Congratulations Senator Rob Clements

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the selection of Robert Keith Clements of Elmwood, Executive Vice President of American Exchange Bank, to fill the Legislative District 2 vacancy. The Governor announced his appointment at a news conference this afternoon where Clements was sworn in by Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Heavican.

“Rob’s significant background in economics and actuarial science will bring additional fiscal expertise to the Unicameral,” said Governor Ricketts. “His perspective on the ag economy and rural vitality, as well as his conservative principles, will represent the values of his district well, and I look forward to working with him on ways to grow Nebraska.”

“I am honored to have this opportunity to represent the people in my district,” said Rob Clements of Elmwood. “I know the state is facing difficult budget decisions and I believe my background and experience will be of service during this process.”

Clements, 66, and his wife Peggy have been married for 44 years and are high school sweethearts, both graduating from Elmwood High School. Clements graduated with honors in 1973 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a Math major, with minors in Economics and Actuarial Science.

After graduation he went to work as an actuary at Businessmen’s Assurance Company in Kansas City. In 1978, he returned to Elmwood to work at the American Exchange Bank, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather who also ran the bank. Clements’ twin brother Rick is the President of American Exchange Bank and his son Andy is a bank officer.

Rob and Peggy have five grown children, Andy (40), Tom (38), Mary (35), Sarah (32), and Debbie (29), and 10 grandchildren as well as one on the way. Clements’ great-great grandfather John Clements homesteaded in Elmwood in 1868 and was one of the founders of the community when it was incorporated in 1886.

Clements is a member of the Society of Actuaries, President of the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation, a member of the Sons of the American Legion, an alumni member of the Cornhusker Marching Band, and a former chairman of the Cass County Republican Party. He also plays the trumpet.

Congratulations Senator Nicole Fox

The Omaha & Nebraska Young Republicans are PROUD Governor Ricketts has appointed Nicole Fox, a member of the Omaha Young Republicans, to the Nebraska Legislature. Fox will be an excellent and effective legislator and we look forward to working with and supporting her.

Congratulations, Senator Fox!


Fox brings experience and expertise in healthcare policy

Lincoln – Tuesday August 18th, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the selection of Nicole B. Fox, a nutrition therapist specialist and medical nutrition instructor, from Downtown Omaha, to fill the District 7 legislative seat vacancy.

The Governor announced his appointment at a news conference this morning. Fox will be sworn in by Secretary of State John Gale later today in a private ceremony.

“Nicole’s significant expertise in healthcare policy and in prevention and wellness will contribute a unique and important perspective in the Unicameral,” said Governor Ricketts. “Her principles and experience will represent the values of this district well in the legislature, and I know she will be an advocate for growing our state and creating opportunities for Nebraska’s hardworking families.”

About Senator Fox

“I am honored to receive this appointment from Governor Ricketts,” said Nicole Fox of Omaha. “I look forward to taking on the tough issues and working together with my fellow senators and the governor to find innovative ways to expand access to healthcare and increase access to educational opportunities for all Nebraska students.”

Fox, 40, works as a Nutrition Therapist Specialist at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha where she provides medical nutrition therapy to patients undergoing a variety of cancer treatments. She is also an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) lecturing for several programs including Medical Nutrition Education, College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, and the Physician Assistant Program.

Fox is a Registered Dietitian and a Licensed Medical Nutrition Therapist. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Oncology Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group, Nebraska Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Omaha District Dietetic Association.

Fox has delivered numerous lectures for organizations and has been published by a variety of outlets. Her published work includes the following:

  • “Nutrition Considerations for Patients with HIV/AIDS.” Nebraska AIDS Project Quarterly Newsletter. Summer 2001.
  • “Using Nutrition Intervention to Resolve Nutrition Impact Symptoms and Save Healthcare Dollars.” Oncology Nutrition Connection 2013.
  • “The Use and Modification of Clinical Pathways to Achieve Specific Outcomes in Bariatric Surgery.” The American Surgeon 2005. Yeats M, Wedergren S, Fox N, et al.

In 2004, Fox was recognized as Young Dietitian of the Year by the Nebraska Dietetic Association, and she was recognized as Outstanding Dietitian by the Nebraska Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2012. She has volunteered for the Girl Scouts of America and the Nebraska Humane Society.

Fox holds a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition-Dietetics from Iowa State University.

Legislative District 7 includes a portion of southeastern Douglas County in Omaha. Fox’s appointment lasts through January 3, 2017, and she is eligible for election a 4-year term in November 2016 with the ability to serve up to two full terms.

March Meeting

The Omaha Young Republicans are honored to announce that author, columnist, entrepreneur, and commentator Katie Kieffer will be speaking at our March meeting.  


Katie is the author of Let Me Be Clear: Barack Obama’s War on Millennials and one Woman’s Case for Hope.  This book highlights many of the issues that we as young professionals and young Republicans are facing with the administration of Barack Obama and provides lessons and solutions to allow us to reach our goals.  

Please join us on Tuesday, March 10 to hear Katie speak.  The meeting will be held at Big Fred’s Pizza, 1101 S 119th Street, at 7 PM, 6:30 social.  

Letter to Senators

Part of our mission is to advocate.

We have written a letter to our Senators regarding the Healthcare Tax.

The Honorable Deb Fischer
United States Senate
383 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Ben Sasse
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Vernon Joesph
Omaha Young Republicans
4970 S 86th Pkwy
Omaha, NE 68127

RE: Repeal of the Health Insurance Tax

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Dear Senator Fischer and Senator-elect Sasse,

I write to you today as both a concerned constituent and as President of the Omaha Young Republicans. There is growing concern about the health insurance tax as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. This tax is resulting in increased coverage rates for many young Nebraskans.

I am also a multiple wage earner with disappointment in the employer mandate. My FULL TIME job offers me health insurance, there is no need for my PART TIME employer should be required to offer me insurance. 7 out of 10 of my co-workers have insurance through their primary employer or spouse. An additional 1 out of 10 are minors covered under their parents. This is driving up the cost of doing business in Nebraska & across the country.

Actuarial consulting firm Oliver Wyman estimates over a 10-year period the tax will add $6,800 to the cost of family health insurance coverage. And the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation estimates an additional $350-400 increase to family premiums in 2016. Young Nebraskans who are beginning their careers, paying down student loans, purchasing their first home, and starting a family cannot afford additional increases to already skyrocketing health insurance costs.

Furthermore, the National Federation of Independent Business estimates the tax will result in job losses totaling 146,000 – 262,000 jobs by 2022. Additional job loss on top of an already dismal employment market could be devastating to America’s young people.

Please work to repeal the health insurance tax to ease the burden on Nebraska’s young people.

Thank you for your attention to this matter,

Vernon Joseph

Events This Weekend

Joni Craighead for Nebraska Legislature is going door to door this weekend. She has extended an invitation to the Omaha Young Republicans:

See information below:

We need your help!

Super Sunday walk, this Sunday, October 26. Meet at Northstar Campaigns, 11421 Davenport Street at 1 p.m.

Davenport Street is the first stoplight south of 114 and Dodge. Northstar is directly across the street south from
the Green Onion.

We’ll give you your list. Plan on 1.5 – 2 hours.


Thank you –

Joni Craighead

Generation Opportunity is hosting a Millennial Happy Hour on Friday 10/24/2014. Visit to find out more information & RSVP

Nebraska GOP Lace ’em Up! Events

We have the opportunity…

  • For a new Republican Governor who will begin January 2015 with a Unicameral having many more newly elected conservative State Senators.
  • To take Legislative Districts and turn them from Democrat to Republican and build a stronger conservative base in the

We are taking our opportunity…

  • By successfully fundraising. Our party nance team is having great success across the state in support of our nine toughest races for the Unicameral. Donors recognize that a conservative candidate’s election from eastern Nebraska benefits everyone, everywhere.

Now is your opportunity…

To add the last piece. Candidates need you to lace ‘em up and:

  • Walk door to door
  • Make phone calls
  • Place yard signs
  • Address post cards

You are needed. Your GOP is making it easy. Come to a Unicameral Shoeleather Project session, get successful training tips, meet the candidates, select one or more to help, and get going. Please join us…

In Omaha:

Monday September 22nd
10409 Essex Ct. Lower Level
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Candidates: Gwenn Aspen, Joni Craighead, Merv Riepe, Brett Lindstrom, Tommy Garrett, John McCollister

In Lincoln:

Wednesday September 24th
1610 N St. NEGOP Headquarters
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Candidates: Dallas Jones, Laura Ebke, Brent Smoyer

Register with Joyce or Bud by phone or e-mail.

Joyce: 402-376-6600

Bud: 402-475-2122

The NEGOP Lace ’em Up! flyer.

New Omaha Young Republicans Executive Board

On Tuesday 09/09/2014 elections for the 2015 – 2016 Omaha Young Republicans Executive Board were held.

The new board is:

Vernon J Davis – President
Ben Boll – Vice President
Chris Chappelear – Treasurer
Erin Northwall – VP of Membership
Spencer Head – VP of Communication

We will work hard to make sure that the Omaha YR’s are working hard to get Republicans Elected in Omaha, Douglas County, & across the state of Nebraska.
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Opportunity to Call for the Lee Terry Campaign

We have endorsed Lee Terry for election in 2014.

His campaign has reached out to us.

They have set up two opportunities for us to make calls.

Young Republicans/ Young Professionals Call Night
Every Tuesday
Pizza Included
Reception Starts at 5:30 PM
Calls Start at 6:00 PM
At the GOP Victory Office
10404 Essex Court (Lower Level)

Women Call Night
Wine & Cheese Reception
Join Team Terry for Ladies Call night
Every Thursday until victory in November
Reception starts at 5:30 PM
Calls start at 6:00 PM
At the GOP Victory Office
10404 Essex Court (Lower Level)

The Lee Terry campaign is making calls Monday – Thursday.

If you can't make it on a Tuesday or Thursday, stop by & lend a hand.

Also if you aren't a member of the Nebraska Young Republicans or one of our clubs. Visit to get signed up today.

New Domain –

The Nebraska Young Republicans have taken the opportunity to migrate their website to their own .gop address: .  The Republican Party is on the leading edge as the first Political party to get their own TLD extension: .gop. 

The .gop domain is one part of a broader strategy to take a digital advantage as we approach the 2014 and 2016 elections.  The RNC is taking technology seriously.  Earlier this year, the RNC announced the launch of an in-house technology incubator Para Bellum Labs.  The goal is to hire top tech talent to build cutting edge data products and digital platforms for the Republican Party.  

Over the next few years, the Nebraska YR's are excited to see what comes next.  Most importantly, we're excited for widespread Republican victories in the upcoming Mid Term elections!

Jessica Chizek elected as Nebraska YR Chair

2014 Nebraska YR Leadership Election

The Nebraska Federation of Young Republican's State Convention was a great success. We would like to congratulate and thank Brandon Petersen for his leadership over the last two years.

Jessica Chizek is the new Chair. Courtney Ruwe is the Vice Chair. The National Committeewoman is Melissa Dorr. The National Committeeman Is Taylor Gage. The Secretary is Ben Boll. The Treasurer is Chris Chappelear.

Congrats to the new Nebraska Young Republican Executive Board. We look forward to working with you.